Aceves shuts down a power packed lineup


Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Buffalo)
J-Christ & Melky: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Juan Miranda & Chad Moeller: both 0 for 3 – Miranda K’ed thrice
Shelley: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 25 of his 42 hits in AAA have gone for extra bases (59.5%)
Ben Broussard: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Chris Basak, Nick Green & Bernie Castro: all 1 for 3 – Green K’ed
Al Aceves: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 5-5 GB/FB – 65 of 95 pitches were strikes (68.4%) … pitched very well against a lineup that included a whole bunch of rehabbing big leaguers and top prospects
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71.4%) … you know, I didn’t believe that whole “he’s throwing so few pitches per inning that he needs to pitch multiple innings to get his work in” excuse for why his innings total was so high, but now that I’ve been able to see his pitch count in the box score, man, he’s one efficient dude
Bill Traber: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton (8-4 win over Reading)
Walt Ibarra: 1 for 1 – left the game for an unkown reason in the bottom of the second
Reegie Corona: 3 for 4, 2 R - took over for Ibarra
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Kevin Russo: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K – hitting .333 since coming back from the broken wrist
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – hitting an even .200 on the year … yikes
Joe Muich: 0 for 5, 1 K
James Cooper: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
George Kontos: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5-7 GB/FB - 2 ER or less in 4 of his last 5 starts
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – 42 K in 34 IP, but also 27 BB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Oneli Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(7-0 loss to Sarasota) makeup of yesterday’s rainout
Luis Nunez: 1 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 3
Kevin Smith: 3 for 3 – hitting .365 this month
Josh Keuzer: 1 for 3
Seth Fortenberry, Kyle Anson & Tim Battle: all 0 for 2 – Fortenberry drew a walk & K’ed … Anson K’ed, allowed a passed ball & left the game in the top of the 6th for an unknown reason … Battle walked & K’ed twice (no surprise there)
Andres Perez: 0 for 3, 3 K
Ryan Pope: 4.2 Ip, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8-3 GB/FB – 11.57 ERA over his last 5 starts … yikes
Edgar Soto: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Game 2 (3-0 win over Sarasota in 7 innings)
Matt Cusick, Josh Kreuzer, Tommy Baldridge (33), Jose Gil & Chris Kunda: all 0 for 3 – Kreuzer drove in a run & K’ed
Mitch Hilligoss: 3 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 SB – man, he needed a game like this in the worst way
Kevin Smith: 2 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – gotta love it when you bat 1.000 during a doubleheader
Seth Fortenberry & Andres Perez: both 1 for 3 – Fortenberry drove in a run & K’ed … Perez doubled
Zach McCallister: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-5 GB/FB – 115-21 K/BB ratio
Phil Bartlewski: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Low-A Charleston
Game 1
(5-1 loss to Columbus) makeup of the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, which was rained out
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle, Austin Romine, David Williams & Abe Almonte: all 1 for 3 – Suttle walked, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Romine drew a walk … Williams K’ed … Almonte doubled
Jesus Montero: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Brandon Laird, Carmen Angelini & Prilys Cuello: all 0 for 3 – Cuello K’ed
Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 9-3 GB/FB – back after missing time due to a death in the family
Stephen Artz: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Game 2 (12-4 win over Columbus in 7 innings)
Austin Krum: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 HB
Bradley Suttle: 2 for 4, 2 R – had been 1 for his previous 13 (.077)
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 17 HR, 83 RBI, 50 XBH … studly
Austin Romine: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - there’s a week left in the season, hopefully his OPS doesn’t drop below .600 … he’s at .603 now
Abe Almonte & David Williams: both 2 for 3, 1 R - Almonte drove in 3 & K’ed … Williams drove in a run
Adam Olbychowski: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 10-8 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 12.73 Kper9

Short Season Staten Island (4-2 loss to Lowell)
Roy Gomez: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Taylor Grote: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – even with the homer he’s still slugging .311
Brian Baisley & Jahdiel Santamaria: both 0 for 4 – Baisley K’ed twice … Santamaria threw a runner out at third from RF
Braedyn Pruitt: 1 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
Eric Lovett (39), Dan Brewer (8), Melky Mesa & Kelvin Castro: all 0 for 2 – Brewer K’ed … Mesa drew a walk & K’ed … Castro K’ed & committed a pair of fielding errors
Steve Strausbaugh: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 PB – only his 5th career game behind the plate
Hector Noesi: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 5-6 GB/FB
Jacinto Gonell: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day. Their season ends on Wednesday, and they’re 4.5 GB in the division. No playoffs this year.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. A.D. says:

    Perhaps Aceves is figuring out this AAA stuff

    oh and all Z-Mac does is dominate

  2. Greg G. says:

    I was at the Trenton game this afternoon. Ibarra was hit in the foot with a batted ball in the bottom of the 1st. At the time it didn’t look that serious, maybe they were just being cautious.

    Two Trenton runners were called out on runner’s interference in the game. Odd.

  3. steve says:

    AA is boring without jackson. I hope mcallister gets a call up for some playoff games.

    • AndrewYF says:

      I doubt they want McAllister pitching any more innings, since he’s already at 151, which itself seems like dangerous territory. It’s interesting the Yankees even let him up in this territory, as he only pitched 71 innings in 2007. What happened to the rule of 30, does it only apply to top-of-the-line prospects?

      • Mike A. says:

        He pitched in Extended Spring Training during the first half last year, and there’s no way of knowing how many innings he threw there. The Yanks know what they’re doing, they wouldn’t just keep running him out there.

  4. A.D. says:

    what did strasbaugh play before catcher? and why the move?

    • Mike A. says:

      DH mostly. It’s not a permanent move, just for today. He caught a little in college, but the kid can’t really play the field.

    • RPimpsner says:

      Strasbaugh was drafted as a outfielder but the Yankees thought he would not have chance with all the outfielders that are ahead of him so they stuck him at catcher. He has been mostly a bullpen catcher as he learns how catch.

      Also today the Yankees Catching Instructor was at the game watching him play.

      PS: The SI Yankees got in at 5:00am this morning, which was why the time of game was changed last week.

  5. A.D. says:

    Chase Wright going to get a start in the bigs soon? he is on the 40 man

    • Pops says:

      do we need him up there ?

      • AndrewYF says:

        Did you WATCH today’s starting pitcher?

      • John says:

        Depends on how you feel about a rotation consisting of Pavano, Rasner, and Ponson. Can he do worse than Ponson or Rasner? Yeah. Could he do better? Decent chance.

        I looked at our IP leaders (at the big league level) for the year. You’ll be surprised who has pitched the third most innings — Rasner. It’s amazing that we are even this close to the playoffs all things considered.

        • Lanny says:

          Wright has the same stuff as those three. Can’t see them turning to him at this point unless they totally bomb. Which we all know can happen with those three.

          Wright has to be the next call ahead of the overrated Hughes.

  6. A.D. says:

    Suttle is only at .268, probably not what the Yanks hoped for in his first pro season, but will he still start the year at Tampa, and hope he puts it all together, or will he start at Charleston again?

  7. radnom says:

    I remember hearing somewhere that the best way to build up his arm strength after TJ surgery was to pitch 2 innings at a time. Does that make sense? If it was the low pitch count thing I figure you would see a variance in the number of innings in each appearance but it seems to be pretty consistent.

    • Steve says:

      I’ve heard some say that you need a certain number of innings under your belt to get back to where you were before, control-wise. Could be they were force feeding Melancon some innings just in case they needed him, which as it turns out they haven’t.

      Also, don’t forget MM has had VERY little pro ball experience before this year. Even if you want him to be ready next year, you want him to have some experience under his belt. But he’s been so damn efficient they have to make his appearances multiple inning outings.

  8. Nickel says:

    Mike- I have a question- Provided his back is feeling okay by then, is A-Jax eligible to be activated in time for when the playoffs begin for the Thunder in a week and a half? Also, will he still be there? (I believe I read somewhere they could promote him to Scranton for their playoffs.)

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah, he’s only on the 7-day DL, so he can come off at the end of the week. It’s just a precaution, so he should be able to come of then, no problem.

      He could go to Scranton for the playoffs, but it depends on what they do with Melky and Christian. If the Yanks call them up on Sept 1st and SWB needs outfielders, then I expect Ajax will jump up. If not, then he stays with Trenton.

  9. Reggie C. says:

    Mike A.,

    Do you think Romine follows his battery mate up to Tampa to start next season? He’s got a .293 BA in 380 at-bats. Not too shabby. The slugging is okay for a player in his first full pro year (.430), but the OBP could use alittle work.

    Should Romine be in High-A to start ’09? Its a good idea ’cause it keeps both guys fresh.

    • John says:

      Interesting question. At some point they need to be separated… right?

    • Mike A. says:

      I think so. They’ve both developed nicely and performed this year, so there’s no reason not to move both guys up. Keeping them together is good because, like you said, it keeps them fresh. Less wear and tear.

      This will sort itself out, it’s very unlikely both guys will make it, so at some point they’ll be separated. And hey, if both work out, that’s a very good problem to have.

  10. Pops says:

    how good is z-mac is he like ace potential ?

    • 27 this year says:

      I believe so. Even a solid #3 should be more than enough considering Brackman, Joba, Betances, whatever Hughes becomes, Wang, and maybe CC.

      • Pops says:

        they say brackman has more potential than joba ? now is that like lincecum type stuff or is he up in the category with like kershaw as in upside wise

        • John says:

          I got a chance to see Andrew Brackman pitch many times in college. I don’t see the hype. I think many are going to be disappointed based on the ridiculous predictions.

        • Reggie C. says:

          Brackman’s Hawaii ball debut should still be alot of fun to cover. I’m hoping for a big time debut. Honestly man .. yanks need him to succeed to soften the blow of Gerrit Cole not signing.

    • Mike A. says:

      He’s more of an innings eating #3 type. Which is very valuable.

      • Emac2 says:

        Is that based on his current scouting report?

        He seems to have adapted really well to some major changes in his style of pitching and given his size and projectability as well as how recently he was “rebuilt” I don’t know that I would be so quick to put a ceiling like that on him yet.

        • rbizzler says:

          I guarantee you that Mike (not to put words in his mouth) thinks that a solid #3 whi eats innings is a perfectly respectable ceiling for Zach. If he exceeds that, even better.

  11. Pops says:

    aceves is my boy tho.. i hope we see him sometime next year/// or maybe we deal him in the offseason who knows…..i could live with dealing off kennedy for some kind of help.. perhaps a kennedy plus for salty deal works out ? jus a shot in the dark

  12. Pops says:

    Do we have a surplus of arms in the minors ? LIke enough to make a great trade and still have top arms left

    • John says:

      No. I believe we have very few high impact arms. Several potentials but nothing that would amount to a ‘great trade’ unless Cashman robs a GM blind.

    • Mike A. says:

      Not any more. Kennedy, Horne and Marquez have all taken a step back, and although I still believe in Kennedy, the other two aren’t anything special.

      Most of their top young arms are in the low minors now – McCallister, Betances, Brackman, Heredia, etc.

  13. John says:

    What are the chances Jesus Montero is moved from catcher eventually? From all I’ve read it seems like it is a foregone conclusion. Why not move him to 1B next year? Any thoughts?

    • Mike A. says:

      The chances are good that he’ll have to move out from behind the plate, but he hasn’t shown that he needs to make that move right now. His value is greatest as a catcher, so there’s no point in moving him off until it’s absolutely necessary.

      Why jump the gun when he’s in A-Ball? That’s what the minors are for, developing guys.

      • John says:

        So his defensive skills have been adequate? If so, I’m all for leaving him behind the plate as well. If not though, it seems that we are putting unnecessary wear and tear on our second best position prospect.

        • Mike A. says:

          They’ve been fine. Now, he’s not exactly Jose Molina out there, but he’s good enough. Whatever is lost defensive is more than made up for offensively.

          • Steve says:

            If you hit 20 HRs as a C you’re a perennial All-Star, if you do that at 1B you’re barely holding down the job. But catcher is of course a fielding first position, so you can’t just stick good bats there and sacrifice fielding for obvious reasons. The catcher is the one fielder who is involved defensively in every play of the game.

            Our manager was a light-hitting catcher who was outstanding defensively and we did alright with him in the late 90s.

      • rbizzler says:

        Do you get tired of typing this? Do you have a canned response at the ready that you can cut and paste?

  14. Old Ranger says:

    Mark M., is a throw back, he puts the ball in there (with enough stuff) and people can’t seem to center it. I don’t know (from watching him) if I would call him dominating, he just gets outs with few pitches. He doesn’t blow people away, just puts them away.
    Unless he gets hurt, he will make it to the show 2009/10. All this is predicated on seeing him pitch against minor leagues, not the big boys…I wish I could predict the translation to the show, don’t know. 27/08??

  15. Pops says:

    could we deal kennedy marquez and sometrhing else for a ryan howard lol

    • A.D. says:

      there are rumors the Philles want to trade him since they probably won’t want to pay his contract when he hits FA

    • Mike A. says:

      Why in the world would you want Ryan Howard? Players like that do not age well at all, and it’s not like he’s getting an cheaper.

      BA-OBP-SLG by year:

      2006: .313-.425-.659
      2007: .268-.392-.584
      2008: .229-.317-.479

      Also, K by year:

      2006: 181
      2007: 199
      2008: on pace for 212

      Pass. Emphatically.

      • A.D. says:

        If the Yanks try for a bat it would have to be a guy thats about to finish with arbitartion, and is about to get paid big bucks that the team doesn’t want to pay, since right now I don’t think the yanks are willing to part with any of the big pitching prospects given the prospect setbacks theyve seen

  16. bill says:

    I really like Aceves. Is he a forgone conclusion to be called up in September? I hope so. And what can you say about Jesus Montero? He has a chance for 20 and 90 in his first full proffesional season at age 18. Mike, when do you see him in the show?

  17. A.D. says:

    Tabata on BA’s hotsheet this week with Romine, love X, but miss Tabata

    • Reggie C. says:

      I subscribe to BA. I think there’s a contingent of RS hype machine artists well entrenched in that publication. Its not overtly yankee, but darn it … they love every RS prospect. I can’t stand Jim Callis for that and he runs too many of the chats for my taste.

      The inclusion of tabata in the hot sheet was weird. The write-up was almost apologetic in tone. Editors think one way … the guy who wrote it up may have thought another.

      • Reggie C. says:

        i meant to say: its not overtly ANTI-yankee …

        • I understand your comment, but its hard not to see Red Sox bias when in actuality that farm system has been better than the Yanks the past few years.

          I know Buchholz has fizzled some, but you still have Ellsbury, Pedroia, Lowrie, Youklis, Papelbon, Lester and Delcarmen producing currently for that team. Not too shabby. Then when you include Lars Anderson you have a pretty good system. Not saying that they do/or don’t show bias, but the talent is there alone for them to get credit.

          • Mike A. says:

            I don’t think BA has any kind of bias really, they certainly praised the Yanks and their system back in the days of Johnson, Soriano and Henson.

            If anything, I think they tend to under-rate the prospects of big market teams like the Yanks, Sox, Mets and Cubs. It’s almost like they’re trying to make sure they don’t favor the big markets, so they end up inadvertently under-ranking their prospects.

            • Lanny says:

              The Sox actually have legit major leaguers coming up and up now.

              We’ve had Joba and Cano and Wang. That’s about it. Tough to compare it since Cano is also going thru a terrible season.

            • A.D. says:

              Only bias I’ve seen is on some of the big dominican signings, one of the chatters on this weeks hot sheet flat out called BA out on continuing to seemingly favor Villanoa over Montero, when Montero has out performed him this year.

          • steve (different one) says:

            wait, is Ellsbury “producing”? and what is so great about Delcarmen?

            don’t get me wrong, i agree with your overall premise. the Sox got a 2-3 year head start on the Yankees before Cashman took over and re-emphasized the draft. so their system has been better.

            but the fact that Ellsbury hasn’t been all that much better than Melky kindof illustrates the point about the overhype. casual fans probably hear Ellsbury’s name and wouldn’t guess he is hitting .264/.327/.361 and .254/.309/.339 away from Fenway…

            • JohnnyC says:

              Gosh, Brett Gardner could hit .254/.309/.339 but no one would consider him above replacement level…nor should they. But, of course, Ellsbury is a poster boy on ESPN. Also, beyond the 2-3 year head start on us, the Red Sox have not been reticent about promoting their prospects, despite results being somewhat mixed. Compare that to the Yankees’ attitude toward the products of their own system before this season.

            • A.D. says:

              Ellsbury isn’t having a great year, but he is certainly having a better one than Melky. For one Ellsbury hasn’t been a black hole since the first month of the season, and he gives the Sox speed when he does get on, with his 41 steals.

              Delcarmen has been nothing special thus far, especially for a former 2nd round pick

  18. Nady Nation says:

    Check this out, glimmer of hope for G-Men fans…

  19. Lanny says:

    I don’t take any minor league stats for real anymore because of Hughes and Kennedy.

  20. dan says:

    I hate to nitpick, but come on Mike. It took me forever to spell McAllister correctly, and now you go spelling with an extra “C” as well.

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  22. Vin R. says:

    what are the odds we see aceves in september. he’s had some rough starts. perhaps cashman will call him up just to shut up jerome?

    • DaveM says:

      He’s not on the 40 man roster. And it’s his first year in the minors (in this country any way). So I’d say not very likely.

  23. Ed D says:


    Why is Chase Wright not a amajor league prospect? I think you referred to him as a Org guy. Why??

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